The web site conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (exceeding priority 2 checkpoints) from the Web Accessibility Initiative, part of the World Wide Web Consortium. In addition, the latest best practice techniques have also been used where appropriate.
Why Design For Accessibility?
Accessible design benefits all users, not just disabled ones. Accessible design means that web sites are easier to use in every respect and better for search engines to index. Everyone benefits from accessible web sites.
It is a popular misconception that web accessibility is just about disabled users such as the visually impaired. Not true! It also includes those with equally debilitating conditions such as dyslexia, color blindness, and mobility / dexterity impairment caused by conditions like arthritis.
In 2001, an estimated 19.4% of civilians in the US, totaling 48.9 million people, have a disability. It is estimated that now somewhere between 10% and 20% of the total browsing population are disabled in some way.
In the UK, the Office for National Statistics Labour Force Survey, Winter 2004 suggests that as many as 20% of the working age population have disabilities that accessible web design can help.
If you have specific accessibility needs that are not met by this web site please contact me, outlining the problem you faced, the page which caused it, and the web browser or user agent you are using. I will do my best to respond quickly.
- Advice and information on all aspects making technology accessible for people with a disability or limiting condition.
- Disability Rights Commission
- Information and help toward "a society where all disabled people can participate fully as equal citizens."